The Gulf Coast Safety Council (GCSC) was formed in 1991, under its original name, the Greater New Orleans Industrial Educational Council. It was formed by owners of petro-chemical processing plants and the contractors that service those installations, to provide high quality industrial education for plant personnel and contract workers. Since its inception, GCSC annually trains as many as 22,000 workers in Generic Industrial Safety Orientation. Progressive industrial plants and construction firms, located along the Gulf Coast, are consistently finding GCSC to be a cost- effective alternative to in-house training venues. Our proactive training methods have provided a win-win situation for the owners of industrial plants, as well as the contractors that work within the plants.

GCSC is also working to supply the shipbuilding, commercial construction, and health care industries with methods to conduct various forms of training that suits their needs. Through diversification of industrial segments, we hope to continue to lower training costs, as well as provide quality training to all organizations that have a desire to improve safety and create a healthier work environment. If GCSC does not currently offer a course that suits your training needs, please feel free to contact us so that we may work with you in the development and implementation of new training.

Anyone wishing to attend training must register for the course prior to arrival. Computer-based training is available Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 3:00pm (excluding holidays). The Basic Orientation Plus is held at 6:30am, Monday through Friday, and the Spanish Basic Orientation is held every Wednesday at 6:30am (excluding holidays). All other Instructor led courses must have a minimum number of students to hold class. All listed times are approximate. Please note that a Social Security Verification is required for all first-time students, unless otherwise noted.

GCSC intends to challenge industry to continually improve the training of personnel on their industrial sites by helping to develop “Site-Specific” Orientations. Contract companies are seeing the benefit of using the safety council to conduct new hire orientation or Company-Specific training. Site-Specific and Company-Specific training creates an advantageous situation to all involved in the areas of:

Cost Effectiveness

  • Reduces training sessions by up to 50% through the use of managing the students time effectively
  • Reduces overall training costs as it relieves unnecessary costs associated with the plant’s infra-structure (cost of building, supplies, employees time, etc.)
  • Reduces external cost by lowering the cost of Basic Orientation Plus training

Quality of Training

  • Allows for information that is specific to the plant to be supplemented into the curriculum while redundant information may be omitted; this improves the quality of training in that workers will be oriented to a greater degree within their environment

Convenience of Training

  • Site-Specific and Company-Specific may be conducted through any GCSC training center
  • Instructor led sessions may also be requested for the convenience of on-site instruction

Computer Based Training

  • Used throughout the industry for contractor orientations
  • Used to heighten the awareness level of the student
  • Used for operations and maintenance skills training

The idea of Council taught “Site-Specific and Company-Specific” Orientation has been used to a high degree of success by other safety councils throughout the United States. Through the innovation of Computer Based Training (CBT), GCSC will work to “partner” with the industry to develop site specific training, and make it available at locations across the country.